The wounded Oliver smiles in his Sleep

Harry Furniss


14.2 x 9.2 cm vignetted

Twentieth illustration for The Adventures of Oliver Twist in Oliver Twist and A Child's History of England, Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910), vol. 3, facing 225.

Harry Furniss, the last great Victorian illustrator of the novel, depicts the sleeping Oliver watched over by the solicitous Dr. Losberne and the tender Rose Maylie. Furniss chose to create a purely sentimental scene rather than follow George Cruikshank, the novel's original illustrator, who emphasized suspense and comedy. [contiued below]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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